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October 03, 2006 06:37 PM UTC

Washington Times Calls on Hastert to Resign

  • by: Colorado Pols


Despite a call from a conservative newspaper for his resignation over his handling of a congressional sex scandal, House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., intends to retain his leadership position.

“House Speaker Dennis Hastert must do the only right thing, and resign his speakership at once,” The Washington Times said, in an editorial in which it joined conservative leaders in calling for leadership resignations over the handling of the matter involving ex-Rep Mark Foley, R-Fla.

A written statement from Hastert’s office said that wasn’t going to happen.  “The Speaker has and will lead the Republican conference to another majority in the 110th Congress,” the statement said, adding, “Mark Foley has resigned his seat in dishonor, and the criminal investigation of this matter will continue. The Speaker is working every day on ensuring the House is a safe, productive environment for members, staff and all those who are employed by the institution.”

The scandal, centering on sexually explicit Internet messages sent by Foley to teenage male congressional pages, came to light just weeks before a close Nov. 7 election to decide control of the U.S. Congress.

The Washington Times said the House leader was either grossly negligent for overlooking early “red flag” warnings “or he deliberately looked the other way in hopes that a brewing scandal would simply blow away.”


44 thoughts on “Washington Times Calls on Hastert to Resign

  1.   I’m updating my prediction (one human sacrafice and then they’d change the subject of discussion) of yesterday.
      It’ll take more than one sacrafice and before the end of this week, the first head to roll will be that of Hastert.
      The rest of the “leadership” will behave like a cross between rats trying to get off a sinking ship and the cast of “Survivor” voting a different member off the island each week.

    1. ….which leans left in its editorial stands.  The WASHINGTON Times is the right wing Moonie newspaper (“Moonie” as in “Rev. Moon,” not as in our own “Moonraker.”) Its editorial positions are comparable to those of Faux-News.

      1. As compared to the Wash. Post? Is it a true competitor like the Denver Post and the Rocky are to each other, or is it like the “Denver Daily News?”

        1. It’s more like the NY Post vs. the NY Times – reasonably good circulation, but not the same as the Wash. Post.  Same ideological demographic, too, though the Wash. Times is a bit more serious as a news source if no less biased.  (Moon owns UPI, so the Times has a built-in wire service to help out its news room efforts…)

  2. The bloggers and message boards are speculating that a predatory Democratic member of Congress soon will be outed by former pages, making this issue irrelevant in the campaign.

    But if they’re going to out the predatory homosexuals, the GOP had better get humping and out a heterosexual Democrat. Is it too late?

    1. are full of rumors. A few months ago the lefty ones said a major sex scandal involving leading Republican figures of the House, Senate, and Bush administration and a hotel and escorts. There was speculation that that was why Porter Goss suddenly and inexplicably resigned – some of the allegations clearly alluded to him. Yet, to date, nothing has happened there. So unless the rumors were instead rooted in Foleygate, I’ll wait for something to be reported in the mainstream press.

          1. He got into a job where the Peter Principle applied, and he was forced out for non performance.

            To allege scandal is unfair, but that’s what boards like this are all about. Correct?

    2. ABC’s Brian Ross, who’s been the lead on this story so far, has made clear indications that there’s more to come, but that it’s strictly on the GOP side of the aisle.

      Also, I can’t imagine at this stage the Republicans holding back even preliminary info on Democratic abusers if they had it.  If the GOP leadership had anything on Democratic House members, they would have either (a) released it by now, or (b) gotten the Dem House leadership involved to keep them quiet – and both D and R members of the Page Board were kept out of the loop on Foley.

          1. Unlike some people around here, who seem desperate to drag out cases and imagined cases from years and years ago, because that’s all they have to offer.

            C’mon, AS – you’ve got better things to do than reminisce about the Bad Old Days of Democrats, as told by Rush Limbaugh.

      1. This isn’t a comparitive game. Hastert knew something was rotten and did nothing to protect that seat. The leader of the majority party in the United States Congress should be held to high standards. I think Hastert’s got to go.

  3. http://blogs.abcnews

    Former Congressman Mark Foley (R-FL) interrupted a vote on the floor of the House in 2003 to engage in Internet sex with a high school student who had served as a congressional page, according to new Internet instant messages provided to ABC News by former pages.

  4. Since Beauprez is still in the House, he as a role to play in holding the leadership accountable. Does he believe the leadership should stay?  Shouldn’t he ask us to hold him accountable for his decision?

    1. but that was 22 hours ago which in Beauprez time is an enternity.  Uncertain whether he’s still standing by his party’s leadership at this time…….

      1. … has got to touch on this (if that’s the right choice of words). Supposed to be a new “bombshell” dropped at this very moment, Foley’s lawyer is holding a press conference. Wonder if the dust will have settled enough by 6 pm for Beauprez to have a position he can hold through the end of the debate?

        1. Foley admits he’s gay (big surprise considering the targets of his attention) and that he was abused by “the clergy” as a child.

          Not really a bombshell, nor will it do anything to mitigate the failed leadership responses from Hastert, Shimkus and friends.

          1. was taped at 1:30 this afternoon, my mistake thought it was live at 6. Broadcasts are 6 pm and 10:30 pm tonight on Denver 7. I’ve heard from someone who was there that it was all the usual, mostly Beauprez talked about immigration, nothing too exciting.

            1. Here’s from the AP report on the debate:

              Beauprez unleashed a new attack on Tuesday, releasing records he said showed illegal immigrants were turned back on the streets. Ritter said one of those cases involved a woman who was released because she was getting married to a U.S. citizen and would no longer be considered an illegal immigrant. He said other cases cited by Beauprez involved extenuating circumstances not included in the records.

      2. Beauprez was supporting not only Speaker Hastert but “the Republican leadership” (I made the posting after making the call to his DC office).

        Now that the Republican leadership is coming apart at the seams, can he maintain his support for both? Truly “both ways” to back both Hastert and Boehner now that they’re at odds with one another. Cage match to settle it once and for all?

  5.   He’s apparently keeping his options open during the debate regarding whether Hastert and the rest of the leadership need to go. 
      According to Beauprez, “they can stay….for now, at this hour….but that could change.” 
      Ritter said clearly and unambiguously, Hastert has to go now.

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